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Young Scots welcome culture ministers

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Four Young Scots have been helping to welcome Culture Ministers and other delegates from across the globe to the inaugural Edinburgh International Culture Summit.

The Youth Legacy Ambassadors have been volunteering at the historic two-day event, a collaboration between the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the British Council and the Edinburgh International Festival which has been hosted at the Scottish Parliament.

The Youth Legacy Ambassador 2014 programme is run by Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity, in partnership with the Scottish Government.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

"We have been honoured that so many Government Ministers, artists, thinkers and policymakers have come to Scotland for the inaugural Edinburgh International Culture Summit.

"I am delighted that these Youth Legacy Ambassadors have been on hand to offer such a warm, Scottish welcome to our guests. This Summit has been an ideal opportunity to show the world all that is great about Scotland - our culture and creativity, our contribution as a good global citizen and, above all, our warm and welcoming people.

"It has also been a fantastic experience for these young volunteers and a great opportunity for them to enhance their skills."

Youth Legacy Ambassadors:

Shannon Sinclair, aged 17 and from Arbroath, plans to go on and study law. She said: "Volunteering at the Culture Summit has been an amazing experience. Getting to meet delegates from all over the world and welcoming them to Scotland has been a real privilege. This experience is really worthwhile and it will be good for my C.V."

17-year-old Sarah Milne, from Stonehaven, plans to study travel and tourism and commented: "I have really enjoyed volunteering as part of the welcoming team. It has been really good to meet people from across the world and the experience will help me in my future career in travel and tourism. I am looking forward to volunteering at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and volunteering at the Summit has been excellent training for this."

Ashleigh O'Connor-Hanlon, 18, from Aberdeen plans to study Politics and Drama and is also the External Affairs Convenor for the Scottish Youth Parliament. She added: "It has been interesting meeting with Culture Ministers from around the world and learning about diverse cultures they come from."

Nathan Dunn from North Perthshire is interested in what young people in other countries are doing to tackle the negative stigma that is often attached to young people.

The 16-year-old said: "I have been speaking to Ministers from around the world and finding out about what initiatives and programmes other countries have in place to help young people become more active in their communities. Volunteering at the Summit has been great and it has given me lots of experience and knowledge about how young people can make a positive difference."

The Youth Legacy Ambassador 2014 programme is run by Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity, in partnership with the Scottish Government. More than 100 Youth Legacy Ambassadors from across Scotland have been recruited to promote and champion the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games and connect young people to the lasting legacy major sporting events bring to the whole of Scotland.

As well as achieving an active Scotland the ambassadors will encourage a connected Scotland, which is vibrant and culturally rich, a sustainable Scotland, by reflecting our environmental targets and a flourishing Scotland as we build and strengthen our economy.

Four Youth Legacy Ambassadors were selected to volunteer at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit as Delegate Aides. Their role included helping delegates with travel arrangements, meeting them at the airport and being the first point of call for the Ministerial delegates from 30 countries from across the world.

Volunteering opportunities for young people aged 16+ are key to developing new skills and experiences that will help them make a successful transition from school towards further education, employment or training. The International Culture Summit is one such example of young people getting involved in volunteering and one which will provide the youth volunteers with a range of transferable skills and valuable experiences to support their transition to employment.